Re: Mike Pereira on "roughing the passer" calls
posted at 10/8/2009 2:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Mike Pereira on "roughing the passer" calls
[QUOTE]If there was a plethora of great QBs I could understand some calls, but they can't call all the touch stuff (they are not kickers) all the time. Every professional league tries to protect their star players and the NFL is no different; do you realistically believe that Goodell wants Brady on the PUP list for the marquee London (grow the game) match-up vs Tampa Bay ? Brady can take a hit and he knows the difference between a cheap call. a non-call, and personal foul 15 yrd call (fine later ?). I like Hoyer as much as the next Pats fan, but he can't put cans in the seats anywhere near as well as the Bradys, Mannings , and the other top ten QBs of the league. Like it or not, their is a marketing and branding aspect to the way the NFL is run (just ask Mark Sanchez). It just makes good business sense to keep the star players healthy. Personally, I don't like it any more than some nameless defender whose job is to hammer the QB would like it, but the NFL would lose revenue if ever the was a dearth of great QBs. Right now there is a dearth of great QBs (Garrard, Campbell etc.....) therefore, to reiterate, it is in the NFL's best interest to protect them as much as possible; even if protecting them detracts from the quality of the officiating and the game itself. It's a collision sport, ladys and lords, and players will inevitably get hurt.
Posted by JohnHannahrulz[/QUOTE]
John I'm not sure it's just about "cans in the seats"
Carson Palmer predicts a fatality
Posted by Mike Florio on September 8, 2009 9:39 AM ET
In Peter King's excellent season-launching Monday Morning Quarterback
column, he cross-promotes an item from his Sports Illustrated
roundtable discussion with multiple franchise quarterbacks.
Said Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer at one point during the conversation: "The truth of the matter is . . . somebody is going to die here in the NFL
. It's going to happen."
Per King, the group consisting of Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, and Aaron Rodgers got "very quiet" in response to that comment.
Eventually, Palmer explained himself.
"Guys are getting so big, so fast, so explosive,'' Palmer said. "The game's so violent. Now that they're cutting out the wedge deal on kickoff returns, those guys [are] coming free, and at some point somebody is going to die in football. And I hope it's not anyone at this table, and I hope it doesn't happen, obviously. Everyone talks about the good old days, when guys were tough and quarterbacks got crushed all the time, but back in the day, there weren't defensive ends that were Mario Williams -- 6-7, 300 pounds, 10 percent body fat, running a 4.7 40."
Though the worst-case scenario can happen to anyone in the NFL, quarterbacks likely are the least at risk because of the rules aimed at protecting them, and because the hits they take entail less momentum, given that they aren't moving at full speed in the opposite direction when the impact occurs.
The worst-case scenario will happen when two guys moving at maximum velocity crash their bodies together at, for one of them, an angle and position that shatters the bones around the top of the spine and severs the cord that those bones protect.
And, yes, at some point in the future, it will happen.
Still, that doesn't make the game unsafe. The equipment and techniques have come a long way since the days that long hair served as the closest thing to a helmet.
There always has been, and always will be, an element of risk for anyone who plays football. The men who play in the NFL are compensated well for taking that risk. The real tragedies occur at the levels of the sport where young men lose their lives to a game they play for free.